Morning families,

imageJust a quick reminder that school reopens, with breakfast club, on Thursday 8th September. We do have space available in our holiday club on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at £5 per day. Please contact us through the website or FB page if you would like a place.

Please note, as mentioned in my letter to families, breakfast club charges have increased to £1 per day per child.

There will be no clubs in school until week 3. Watch out for a letter giving details.

Wishing you a safe and happy final few days of the holiday,

Best wishes,

Mrs Thorpe

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Classroom Organisation 2016 

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I am delighted to share with you the classroom organisation for classes for September. We have a very exciting year ahead of us as we bring in new staff and continue to strive forward to give your children an outstanding education.  In terms of Leadership, I will be leading Bank End this year and continuing to support Hunningley for one day per week. Miss Barker will continue to grow into her role as Head of School and strongly lead on Safeguarding and Inclusion. I am sure we will all miss Lauren Johnstone as she starts her very precious maternity leave but she will be back with us in the New Year probably after Christmas. We are also saying goodbye to Rachel Jones, Mike Rooke and Helen Hogg. I personally want to wish them all well and good luck in their next positions.

For our children we are dividing the school into three phases. Due to the changing curriculum, we feel the classes will work better together as follows:

Phase 1 is the Transition Phase and this includes Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The Head of this phase will be Lisa Gagen.

Phase 2 is the Middle Phase and this includes Year 2 and Year 3 and the Head of this phase will be Claire Ward.

Phase 3 is the Upper Phase and this includes Y4/Y5 and Y6 and the Head of this phase will be Kathy Smith.

Classes will be taught as follows:

  • Nursery-Kerry Ollivant
  • Reception-Tracey Newton (new)
  • Year 1-Lisa Gagen
  • Year 2-Claire Ward
  • Year 3- Rebecca Dever and Robert Glover (new trainee teacher)
  • Year 4- Anna Barron (new) and Matt Wood (trainee teacher)
  • Year 5- Dan Cooper
  • Year 6-Kathy Smith

Should you wish to discuss anything with me don’t hesitate to make an appointment through the school office.

Many thanks for your continued support!

Nic Thorpe-Executive Headteacher

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Summer Holiday Clubs 2016

School Closes on Tuesday 19th July 2016 and re-opens on Thursday 8th September 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 09.19.37This summer we are planning to run a number of clubs over the summer holidays to provide children in KS1 and KS2 some good activities and learning opportunities. We particularly want to support our working families with some additional childcare support as the holidays can be hard to manage.

The following clubs will take place on the following dates:

  1. Holiday Camp-Wednesday 20th/Thursday 21st/Friday 22nd 8am-3pm £5 per day

In this club children will have a number of sporting activities, learn about being healthy, use IPads and computers and have arts and crafts lessons. Can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 days.

  1. Sports Camp-Monday 1st/Tuesday 2nd/Wednesday 3rd/Thursday 4th/Friday 5th 8am-3pm £5 per day. This club is based all around sporting activities and skills learnt. Children must attend all 5 days to be awarded a sports certificate at a ceremony on the Friday.
  2. Holiday Camp– Monday 15th/Tuesday 16th/Wednesday 17th/Thursday 18th/Friday 19th August  8am-3pm £5 per day. In this club children will have a number of sporting activities, learn about being healthy, use IPads and computers and have arts and crafts lessons. Can be booked for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days.
  3. Holiday Camp-Monday 5th /Tuesday 6th /Wednesday 7th September 2016. 8am-3pm £5 per day

In this club children will have a number of sporting activities, learn about being healthy, use IPads and computers and have arts and crafts lessons. Can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 days.

All clubs will require children to bring packed lunched and a water bottle. Fruit and drinks will be provided throughout all clubs as required.

So that I can staff these weeks, I need to know the numbers of children we will have in the school on each of the dates. Please click, print and fill in the slip below and return to school asap.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Nic Thorpe

Executive Headteacher

Holiday Club Summer 2016

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It’s a jungle out there…

After weeks of practise, Year 4 are ready and excited to star in the end of year performance. They’re all characters from The Jungle Book.  Thank you to all the parents and carers for providing their lovely costumes. 

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Sports, sandwich making, sand and sun!

What a week we have had in Nursery. We started off disappointed as we had to cancel our sports day, but hopefully we will be able to enjoy this with our families on Monday. We have had lots of practices and thoroughly enjoy the challenges we have been set.
This week we made sandwiches independently, choosing our own fillings and then exploring shape, number and fractions when cutting it up.
We have loved the sun when it has shone and enjoyed outdoor play pretending to be at the beach.

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Break a leg!

Year 5 have had an interesting week practising for the whole school performance: Treasure Island which will be performed on Wednesday of next week. Many of the children have already brought their costumes so have been rehearsing their dance routine, singing, deportment and even smiling cues to make the show a success! Please make sure everyone brings their costumes ready for Monday morning’s dress rehearsal, please. 


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Year 6 Prom

On Thursday, we all had an amazing evening at the Year 6 prom. The children looked absolutely gorgeous and it was a privilege to spend this special time with such happy, well-behaved children. They danced and sang their hearts out and we created a memory that I certainly will never forget.

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Newsletter 24 June 2016

Newsletter 24.6.16

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Tasting the Fruits of Rio

In Nurture, our topic for this term is the marvellous city of ‘Rio.’ Last week, we learnt some brilliant facts about the busy city, one of them being that the residents of Rio absolutely love different fruits and vegetables! On Wednesday, we decided to give some of the fruits a try. We tried coconut, melon, mango, passion fruit, papaya and pineapple. Using our tasting charts, we described how the fruit looked, smelt and tasted, then gave it a score out of 10. We all had ones we enjoyed but also ones we really didn’t like (Even Miss Park and Mrs Braithwaite pulled funny faces when trying them!) but we are all extremely proud of ourselves for giving all the fruits a try.

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Time Challenge

Over the last two weeks Year 2 have learning how to tell the time. They have also been learning about different durations of time. We had great fun investigating what we could do in one minute. The children estimated how many times they could write their name, click their fingers, hop on one leg as well as if they could balance on one leg for the whole minute. They were all quite surprised at how much they could do and how long a minute really was.

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The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

In Science, over the summer term, the children in Year 1 have been learning about ‘Animals Including Humans’. With the money the children raised in our parent workshop last half term, the children decided they would like to finish the topic off by looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. The children were so excited this week when the caterpillars arrived and have loved setting up habitats for them to live in. Each day, the children have been monitoring their own caterpillar and watching them change and grow. 

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Making Memories

Year 6 are very much aware that they are nearing the end of their journey at Bank End. Although they are looking forward to their transition to secondary school, they are also preparing for the changes that this milestone will present. The children are engaging in circle time sessions around transition where they can ask any questions about their new beginnings in secondary school. This is always helpful for children as they can gather information about their new school. The children are making the most of their time left at Bank End and are enjoying one another’s company in and around school.

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Green Fingers in Year 2

This week in science we have been investigating how plants grow well. The children have explored the school grounds and investigated where plants are growing and why they are growing there. They are also thinking about how they can grow some lands of their own and how they will keep them healthy.

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The Little Red Hen

Another fun week…
This week we made bread together, just like in our story of The Little Red Hen.
Miss Ollivant brought in a bread machine and we watched it bake. It was yummy with different toppings on! On Welly Wednesday this week, we colour matched items we could find outdoors to our colour charts.
We also looked back at our beanstalks and used rulers to measure how tall they had grown. Riley’s was the tallest at 66cm!

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This week we found two huge leaves and 6 golden eggs along with a missing sign. We thought about and discussed who the missing person might be and how the items connect to them. We decided the missing person could be Jack from Jack and the beanstalk, the giant or the golden hen. We retold the story of Jack and the beanstalk using our story journey packs ensuring we paid attention to which places and characters feature in the story. Next week we will continue our investigation by visiting said places and interviewing the different characters to find out who is missing and put together an investigation case.

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The Queen is 90…

This week we were all happy to return to School after our week off. We have enjoyed lots of learning indoors and out. This week during welly Wednesday we used items from nature to create our own paintbrushes and became artists outdoors!
We have looked again at the Queen and discussed what we think she does during her days. Thursday we baked in preparation for our Friday celebrations…. We all came dressed in red, white and blue and enjoyed our yummy treats.
We took turns at spending our money at the year 6 fair, having our faces painted, buying toys and bracelets and there were lots more yummy treats too.

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Photo Booth Fundraiser

This afternoon, Year 6 have held a whole school fundraising event in order to raise money to fund the cost of Photo booth for their end of year prom. The children have worked extremely hard to organise this event and this afternoon was a fun-packed, exciting success. The children managed to raise approximately £250 (we haven’t counted it precisely just yet) which they can now add to the kitty in order to afford the booth. Year 6 and I would also like to thank all the families that helped to make the fundraiser a success. We are so grateful for the teamwork and effort that all of the families have shown in support of Year 6. 

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